COPPERAS COVE, TX — Copperas Cove ISD administrators, students and parents across the district reached out to show their support for teachers who have become integrated into many families’ homes through online lessons through Zoom, Schoology, and Safe YouTube.
Third-grade teacher Christina Newberry was selected as Hettie Halstead’s 2020 Teacher of the Year and has been teaching in CCISD for four years. She said being appreciated makes her feel empowered to keep doing what she is called to do and reinforces her purpose.
“We do our job because we love kids, because it is our calling. There is a deep sense of gratitude when we find that others truly see, all of the big things and the little things, and appreciate those actions enough to say, ‘Thank you. Wow, you really are doing a great job,” Newberry said.
Clements/Parsons Elementary Principal Katherine Baney planned a week of activities where teachers were rewarded with hand-written notes and videos of appreciation, pizza, and small gifts.
“It is important to me to always recognize the hard work and dedication of teachers, not only during teacher appreciation week, but throughout the school year,” Baney said.
A yard display in front of Hettie Halstead Elementary expresses the sentiment that teachers are more than just role models for students as the sign reads, “Heroes Work Here.” Principal Billie Diaz
The sentiments of appreciation are even more welcome this year as both teachers and students are missing seeing each other daily in the classroom.